Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ireland's Call, Official Statement, and US Tour

From a Recording Booth in Nashville

Two Kings recording a tribute to Elvis in a little recording booth in Nashville.

The Breath You Took Away

The Breath You Took Away, written by Darren and Bryan Steele, from his 2006 solo album 'Roadworks'. The album is available now to purchase, on CD or for download, from CD Baby.

Emerald Guitars
Latest blog featuring Darren from Emerald Guitars.

From the Archives

Darren sings River of Dreams and Keeping The Faith on the opening night of the Billy Joel musical Movin' Out at the Pantages Theater LA September 17 2004.

It was 8 years ago that Darren set off to Peru for a 4 day/3 night trek to Macha Picchu to raise money for Irish Autism Action. It was a party of 30 including his Boyzone pals Keith Duffy and Mickey Graham

Official Statement From The High Kings

Read the statement on the High Kings Facebook page CLICK HERE

Ireland's Call 20th Anniversary Documentary 

On 14 September 2015, TV3 broadcast a documentary marking the 20th Anniversary of Ireland's Call, including the High Kings recording a new version for the Irish World Cup Anthem. This is the High Kings documentary highlights of the recording process in studio with Phil Coulter, Darren & Phil at Today FM for the first radio play, and finally the performance at the Aviva stadium.

Round Up From the US Tour

A late treat from Minneapolis, a bit of Purple Rain!


“Shout out in Omaha!”

“Omaha! That was outstanding tonight. You guys were way too great to us.
Loved being back on the Orpheum stage in a completely different way from last time. What a stunningly beautiful theatre. One of America's finest. We are buzzing after that reaction to the show.
Thanks for being there for us!
See you next time.”


“Kansas City. 10 years of this band and I've never heard a crowd so loud. That was absolutely out of this world. There's just no way to thank you guys enough.

Hands down, one of 'The' shows I'll always remember. My ears will be ringing for weeks. Thanks for being there for us.

And....we get to do it all over again tomorrow night!”

Kelly the Boy From Killane from Kansas City!

The Town I Loved So Well Live from Kansas City.

The Leaving of Liverpool from Saturday's show in Kansas City!

The High Kings performing Thunderstruck/Finnegan's Wake in Kansas City!

The Town I Loved So Well from Saturday night in Kansas City.

Great reaction from the crowd as the High Kings perform Hand Me Down My Bible from the Sunday show.

Photos from Kansas copyright Charlie Brock.

“My collection of wines from The City Winery chain in the USA.
Saving for a celebration some day.”


“Early morning Telly at WISH TV in Indianapolis.” #hkusa17

The High Kings perform Marie's Wedding and Leave her Johnny Leave Her
on Wish TV's Indy Style.

“Nice one Indianapolis”


“Back in a New York State of Mind." #albany #hkusa17

The High Kings perform Black Velvet Band and Leave Her Johnny live from the sold out Egg in Albany!


“Very cool place. Beacon NY.”

“Beacon NY. What can I say after that? That show has pretty much everything. Sold out. Amazing audience. A totally spontaneous and fun set list....New York State of Mind was a necessity right?πŸ‘ŒThe boys that came up to the stage to sing "Leaving of Liverpool"...that was superb.
You guys were totally brilliant tonight and the 3 of us are so grateful once again that you all had such a great time. Thank you all so much.
Onwards to Pennsylvania.”

Goodnight Irene live from Towne Crier in Beacon NY!


"Sellersville Theatre Pennsylvania, I honestly don't think we have ever had as much fun onstage as we did tonight. 2 sold out shows back to back to fantastic audiences and way too many highlights and laughs.

However, tonight's Elvis bit took on a life of its own from Brian's coaxing and "The Leaving of Liverpool" will never be the same.

Please tell us somebody got that on video?
Huge thanks to you all for a very special night in your fine town.
Now for one night....Well we're living here in Allentown." #billy

Well someone did!

Thanks to Zach Headley for recording it and allowing us to share it with you.


“Thank you Northampton! Onwards to Long Island.”

A little bit of "Massachusetts" and Black Velvet Band from last night at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton.


“Hello from Southampton, Long Island NY.”

The High Kings in perfect harmony singing Red is the Rose in Southampton.

Photo copyright Lorraine Burke.


“Thanks to a wonderful sold out audience at Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT tonight. That was such fun! Comedy Central. What a huge noise you all made! Always a pleasure to sing for you.

Onwards to the final USA tour date this year. Another sold out show at the legendary Somerville Theatre in Boston. Our third year playing this fantastic venue. We plan on making this one the loudest yet, and that's saying something!

Thanks once again from the 3 of us for all your incredible support this summer.”


“Load in to the legendary Somerville Theatre in Boston for tonight's final High Kings concert in the USA this year.”

“The greatest night of the year for THK. That level of noise is unprecedented for us to walk out to in Boston. As long as I live I will never be able to thank you all for that reaction to "Town I loved so well". A very special moment. I will tell my kids about that. We are so blown away and grateful for the incredible comments about the sound the 3 of us make. It really means so much. To hear you all sing at the top of your lungs for 2 hours....unreal.
Finally, thanks so much to 2 of Bostons finest, Officers Paul and Bob for playing the bagpipes on The Parting Glass. A very poignant moment.
Thanks USA.”

Town I Loved So Well in Boston. Thanks to Janette Langill for recording it and making it public so we can share it with you.

Hand Me Down My Bible, also thanks to Janette Langill.

The End of a Perfect Summer!

A ‘Perfect Summer’ Stateside with the High Kings.
Video by Brian Dunphy, music by Pugwash.


Tour Dates

After a brief return to Ireland, it's next stop Canada!

To keep up to date with dates as they are added

Monday, 4 September 2017

Release of 'Lady', Tributes, and US Tour Round Up

'Lady' Re-release - 20th Anniversary Princess Diana

“My former record label "Crashed Records" have re-released "Lady" which I wrote as a tribute to Princess Diana after her passing. It's the 20th Anniversary of the song and it's available worldwide across all platforms from today to stream or download on the following link. Please share!”

CLICK HERE to stream or download on all platforms.

Elvis - 40th Anniversary Tribute

“August 17th 1977. My Mam woke us all up and said "You'll never guess who has died". I said "Elvis?" 
To this day I have no idea how I'd know that at such a young age, but it was apparent that the outrageous talent of the man had already captured me. Summer up to that point had included his Greatest hits being played on our cassette machine every day without fail.
It was like we'd had a death in the family, such was the sadness that followed. I remember my aunt coming home from work that evening with an Elvis record and while it was playing I hid under the kitchen table as I couldn't understand why everyone was so upset. I think it was on that awful day that I realised it was about so much more than just the music.
It was youth, freedom, expression, individuality, hope, belief, life.
I've been to Graceland 7 times and each time I learn something new about the man known as the King.
How he overcame the extreme poverty he was born into to become the worlds biggest entertainer.
Yes he had it all, but he also allowed others to manipulate him and take his talent and generosity for granted and by the mid 70's Colonel Parker had all but destroyed his career. As managers who don't care about the artist sometimes do.
He achieved so much in his 42 years, but there could've been so much more, had he taken complete control.
He left us with a lifetime of great songs, albums, and movies. Well...maybe not all of the movies were decent but I love them anyway. πŸ˜Š
He is responsible for the sale of more than 1 Billion records!
I've listened to countless genres of music over the years, performed various styles, but it always comes back to where it all started for me.
My Number 1. The King. Forever.
I can't believe it's been 40 years since he passed, but today, August 16th 2017, he is celebrated even more than when he was alive, and that in itself says it all.
Thank you Elvis. Thank you very much.”

Darren performs Can't Help Falling in Love as a special 40th Anniversary tribute to Elvis Presley, with Finbarr on guitar.

Glen Campbell Tribute

“Rhinestone Cowboy, full song tribute. According to my Mam, this was the very first song I ever knew all the way through. She always reminds me that if somebody came to our house they'd be terrorised into hearing my 3 year old screechy voice version of it before they'd leave.
So, this is for Glen....and Maggie.”

Darren Live Q&A

Darren's Q&A recorded live from his hotel room in Dubuque.

Roadworks CD

“Hey everyone. For a limited time, CDs of my last solo album "Roadworks" are now available to purchase again at CD Baby. Download version also available.
You can go directly to the store by clicking on the link below.”


Prayers For Texas

“Texas. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.”

US Tour Round Up

"Chicago bound." #aerlingus #hkusa17


“Waterloo Iowa! You guys are too much. What a crowd . Loved it. One of those nights for sure. Thanks for giving us one to remember and singing your hearts out with us.”
Massive thanks to a huge open air crowd who came to see us in Waterloo Iowa last night. An incredible welcome. Roll on tonight. And yes "Oh Maggie" is in the set for tonight, but you guys gotta sing it loud!"

“When you randomly walk past a shop in Iowa and hear "The Leaving of Liverpool" playing inside.

The High Kings performing Rocky Road to Dublin, Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire,  and Black Velvet Band in Iowa.

Another High Kings Live performance from the second day at the Iowa Irish Fest. Darren sings Kelly the Boy from Killane.


Listen to Darren chatting to Sean Ginnelly on Chicago's WCEV Radio.


“Chicago. Sometimes there aren't enough words to thank you enough for being there for HK since day 1.
Another sold out show, but tonight.....'the' loudest audience we have had in an awful long time. Maybe ever in this great city.
Another level. All I can say is...Thanks.”

Watch Darren's live performance of Rhinestone Cowboy in tribute to Glen Campbell, at Chicago City Winery. 

La Crosse Irish Festival

“Thank you La Crosse, Wisconsin. You guys were incredible.
On the road again....”

"Only time we rocked today."


"Atlanta City Winery, you made a special day very special indeed. We couldn't have hoped for a better welcome back to Georgia and a louder audience!! Wow. 😳
You guys were so great. Thanks for singing your lungs out with us and indulging me with the obligatory Elvis classic for the day what was in it.
Also, very special thanks to Cian, Jack and Ellie Porter for thrilling the crowd with there sensational Irish dancing.
All 3 are the children of our dear friends Lisa and Scott Porter who is also their dance teacher at the Kelly Porter Dance academy.
Great job tonight guys!
Onwards to Nashville Tennessee tomorrow for another City Winery show."



“Well howdy Nashville! As always, a pleasure to play here tonight at City Winery. Took a stroll down Broadway and cut a record with Brian at Third Man Records in a 1940's vocal booth at Jack Whites place which was a trip”

“Nashville, you guys were unbelievable last night. What a fantastic audience and City Winery is beautiful.
We had the pleasure of being joined on stage by "Brooks and Dunn" steel guitarist, the amazing Gary Morse and also by Jeff Beck vocalist Jimmy Hall on harmonica for a few songs including "That's alright Mama".

In tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Elvis passing, Darren performed That's Alright Mama. Elvis would sure liked to have got his hands on that Emerald Guitar! They were joined on stage by steel player Gary Morse and harmonica player Jimmy Hall. Special thanks to Lyndy Nothstine for sharing this great quality recording.

Darren and the lads performing Town I Loved So Well at Nashville City Winery!


“Cincinnati! Let's be havin' ya!”

 Short clip of the High Kings performing Purple Rain at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.


“Always nice to be in Chicago. On route to Milwaukee for the big one! Irish Fest!”

“15,000 lovely people in Milwaukee last night to see us. The best Saturday night we've ever had at this amazing festival and you blew our minds from start to finish.
PS: I might have had a little something in my eye when all 15K of you chorused "Oh Maggie" back at us.
Definitely one of those magical moments.”

“Milwaukee!! Wow! That is all!”
#highkings #hkusa17

The High Kings performing to a huge crowd in Milwaukee!

Photo copyright Tammy Hundhausen.

“Looking forward to another show at 3.30pm today at Milwaukee Irish Fest. Then....Brian, Finbarr and myself will join We Banjo 3, Skerryvore, Hermitage Green and many more great artists on the Leinie's Stage at 7pm for a tribute to "The Beatles- Celtic Style" .
Should be a great night!”


“Thanks to Jim Keefe for this incredible illustration in advance of this Tuesdays concert at The Cedar in Minneapolis." #hkusa17

“Minneapolis....Thank you so much. One of the greatest crowds and reactions we have ever had. Loved it. You guys are incredible to us every time we play The Cedar. Was that fun or what! πŸ‘
To the ladies who brought us gift cards for Starbucks and baked delicious cookies etc, your generosity is amazing. We are very grateful.”


“Buffalo, New York! Wow. The biggest, loudest and most loyal audience in the world prize goes to...YOU! That was sensational tonight in your lovely city. You guys are incredible, and to play under a blood red sky was very special.
Thanks so much to you all for showing up in such huge numbers to see us.
Onwards to my old home New York City tomorrow when we play City Winery in Manhattan.”

Darren and the lads performing Oh Maggie in Buffalo. Thanks to Rachael Brown for recording it and setting it public so we can share it with you.

New York City

“There are nights that words are inadequate. Last night in New York mind was blown. Outside of shows with "Riverdance and "Movin' Out" on Broadway, this was by far the greatest and loudest crowd we have played to in the Big Apple. We are literally exhilarated by your reaction and response. Massive thanks folks. And again on this tour, to hear "Oh Maggie" roared with such volume...unbelievable. If ever a song has burned slow and gathered pace....”